Many people underestimate the value of regular teeth cleanings. However, they are essential to helping you maintain your health and your smile. Here’s why regular teeth cleanings are important for your oral health.
Plaque removal is important for avoiding cavities.
Over time, plaque can build up on your teeth leading to tooth decay. Even with regular brushing, plaque can still build up in the places that you can’t reach. Plaque eats away at the tooth enamel and will eventually lead to cavities. Although, you can remove most of the plaque from your teeth when you brush and floss, you should still see a dentist to ensure that your teeth have all of the plaque removed.
Improve your overall health.
There have been several studies that have found links between oral health and overall health. If you want to avoid serious illnesses, it is important to care for your teeth as you would with the rest of your body. Studies have shown that poor oral health may contribute to certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer, and heart disease. Maintaining poor oral hygiene can also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, according to a study done by researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.
Save money on future dental treatments.
By taking care of your teeth with regular teeth cleanings, you might actually save yourself money in the long run. Teeth cleanings can help you to avoid the more serious and costly dental treatments that can occur as the result of poor oral care. If you protect your oral health now, you might actually pay less over time which will allow you to get the most from your dental plan.
Avoid gum disease.
In addition to poor overall health, if you don’t take care of your teeth, you may put yourself at risk for gum disease. There is no cure for gum disease once it has taken root in your gums. In addition, gum disease can ultimately result in the loss of teeth as it moves further and further down towards your jawbone. This will cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. The bad bacteria from gum disease can spread to other parts of the body resulting more serious infections and death in advanced cases. The safest way to prevent gum disease is by stopping the buildup of harmful bacteria with regular teeth cleanings.
Dental cleanings remove stains from teeth.
Did you know that eating certain foods can cause stains on your teeth? If you enjoy foods like coffee, wine, tea and other dark colored foods and drinks, stains can build up on your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove these stains so that your teeth look whiter and brighter again.
Teeth cleanings freshen your breath.
If you have teeth cleanings performed on a regular basis, they can also help to freshen your breath. By having all of the plaque, tartar and bacteria removed from your teeth with a professional cleaning, you make it less difficult for bacteria to build up in your mouth. In addition, if you suffer from chronic bad breath, your dentist can recommend products that make work better for your regular oral care.
Make an appointment today for a teeth cleaning and we’ll provide you with regular care so that you can take better care of your teeth and improve your smile.